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album art Ophelia
by Matt Granz, letileti, BossHook and Baboon


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Released: Sep 30, 2007 | 2:33 PM
Category: Country
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3 [use AAC]
File Size: 9.06 MB

Plays: 3119
Downloads: 26
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: Derivative works allowed on iCompositions only; contact artist for permission
While in Pennsylvania this summer I got inspired and wrote two country songs. This is the first. Yes, you read right... I've gone country, and no I wasn't high on cough syrup or anything. Actually, I love good country music (alt. and old) and have played with a cool country outfit many years past called the Old Joe Clarks.

The most wonderful part of the story behind this song is that In the production process I got the fine help of three individuals who's work here at iComp I have really admired. The credits are as follows:

Letileti: Vocals and re-interpretation of melodic phrasing.

Bosshook: Harmony Vocals, Arpeggiated treble Guitar and 73' Rhodes Keyboards.

Baboon: Freaking Awesome Lonely Harmonica.

Me: Bass, Acoustic and Tremelo Guitars.


This song is able to have several interpretations, and I'll leave it up to each listener to come up with their own as to whether Ophelia is an actual person or a symbol of something else.


The only loops used are a much manipulated beta monkey drumbeat.

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ShadowofNine Artist

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This is freakin good gents & lady, great collab....love it from head to toe...
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Fantastic band, great style, supersong smiley smiley smiley
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Very much enjoyed, it reminds my loved Fleetwood Mac! smiley
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You Country? I must be hallucinating. Great track though... good job all!
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Sloparts Artist

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I really like what you've done with this song Matt. It's a great collaboration for all of you. Like "lupiroz said, it reminds me of something "Fleetwood Mac" would do, which can't be a bad thing now can it.

The song's lyrics paint a picture in the mind and tell part of the story. What they don't tell is left up to the imagination of the listener. They a very good lyrics.

What I would like to suggest is to go back to the mix and listen very carefully to it. There are places where there is some confusion as to who is singing the lead vocal. Mostly because the levels just need to be matched up better between the 2 main vocalist where they are singing back and forth in the chorus and a few other places.

There are also a few spots where the background rhythm tracks cover the vocals a little. If you take a critical listen to it you'll here it too I think.

Ok Matt, you did really good. It's a lovely song that takes the mind away to another time and place. Excellent music, great singing, great lyrics, now fix the mix and you've got a hit on your hands.

Thanks for the link Matt and for sharing this one.

Ed
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Matt Granz Artist

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Thanks Sloparts! Great comment!
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Fantastic. Great musical control and wonderful vocal performances.
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This was fun to see come to life. I liked dueting with Leti and adding a little guitar twang to a very fine foundation of a song.

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Baboon Artist

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came out nice smiley
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Great Collab Ladies & Gents


Much Enjoyed
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Wonderful collab and great song...!
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Geez, what a line-up and performance. Brought out a lot of daydreams and thoughts of Stand by Me, excellent musicianship smiley
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granz....i remember when you were talking bout another artist here now on icomp..."sloparts"....and this is in the same vein...heartfelt and rich! very nice!!
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Bob6stringer Artist

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Great, really great work, brothers and sister. Every part blends great here so it's hard to single-out any of your fine talents part out to praise it without detracting from teh other. The tempo and harmonies recall for me the classic Jayhawks "Tomrrow the Green Grass" album in mood, though it's a more indie sound here and those Letileti pipes take it somewhere else. The wife hears Wilco in here, though I'd put it toward pre-Wilco Uncle Tupelo.... HOWEVER it's really it's own baby. Nice thick production without losing any parts. The lyrics present a really fine punch... practically haiku in their subtlety. Wonderful.
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A very nice arrangement - a bit of english history for you for the name "Ophelia" it is the female fictional character in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare who the story says drowned - she slipped and fell supposedly as she was picking flowers.

Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the music and loved the singing- so well done to you all. smiley
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etgilles Artist

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So so good... shades of one of my favorite bands, The Beautiful South.

Love this.

et.
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BossHook Artist

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Bob, when I got the tune from Granz I really felt Jayhawks and Uncletupelo, glad we were able to convey that vibe. I really liked sitting in that bass pocket that Granzy put down. Leti's Oooooohhs get me at the knees and Babs harp reminds me of Clint Eastwood movies...
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mbehar Artist

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Sounds great to me. I like the freeness in the vocals
gives the song a faraway unfocused feeling.
a sad lonesome cowboy on the Penns.
prarie of life. smiley

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Matt Granz Artist

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Wow... some high praise going on! Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and the Beautiful South??? The sloparts reference was majorly cool as well. Thanks for these compliments! They really mean a lot.
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Thinking of changing my name to "Granzfan" after this one smiley

Such tremendous heart in this tune, instant fav and download. I hear the best parts of UT/Jayhawks, a little Roy Orbison... never heard of Beautiful South, but will go check them out instantly. This song is simply amazing -- what a treat.

Peace,
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"Cool" country is the word for this. Really "cool" country.
smiley
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wow, super good. completely mezmorized by this, as sloparts said, it takes you somewhere else.
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Yee-Haaa. You boys sound real good together. Great job with this knee slapper.
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Mystified Artist

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Now, that's some mighty fine collaboratin' right there!!
Kudos to y'all!

(Ok, Mr. Granz...next genre....New Age? smiley )
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Matt Granz Artist

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Elevator Muzak is my next theme Mysti... I think I'll make it a cover of War Pigs by Black Sabbath, but first, I must learn to play Vibes. Hmmmmm.....
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4arms Artist

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Very nice. I must say this could turn me country. Someone give me a big old hat. Great work on the collabers as well. They all add another great element to the song.
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Sweet and homey. I love it.

-borris
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very nice very nice indeed. love the way the voices intertwine toward the end of the song, sweet and sensitive stuff here, really. top-notch country.
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Sure we all love country music when country music sounds like that. A great collab and a great tune. Much enjoyed...
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It does sound like The Beautiful South (BS) , it's the mix of male/female vocal that does it .. only the music is way, way better (I detest the BS).

I agree with much of what Sloparts is saying in relation to the balance of the vocal, but this is a great track Matt, a fabulous departure.

I think to step outside your comfort zone and go where the track has led you is a brave move, and you did well to assemble a bunch a guys around you to give this track the right feel.

All tha remains is for me to say .. Yeeeeeeehhhhaaaaaaa !

Dave
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What a beautiful song! This is the kind of country I like..
great singing too- love the chorus. Ryan Adams would be happy if he'd written this one.
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OMG my first COUNTRY ever and what a treat to sing with JohnnyHook on a Granzy tune lol . I was totaly remined of Shakespeare's Ophelia when I first saw the lyrics on your and was hooked... smiley
excellent song and I so had the urge to do a country tune (first one for me). glad it's out of my system once and for all. smiley

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Oh and thanks to all for compliments ... OMG even Borris liked it... smiley I'm blushing....
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Terrific performance. Music suits the lyrics well
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Matt and company- this is wonderful. Just wonderful. And guess what? I too love good country! Imagine that! A black man loving country! LOL!

Leti's vocals are a perfect compliment to Boss' dynamite performance. And Baboon's awesome harp- wow! Who knew?!? Well, actually I did- the man's a regular Renaissance Man!

Matt- this is a killer songwriting effort! Really astounding.

I hear something like this and I wonder, why the hell is everyone ranting and raving about the Cowboy Junkies when there're waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more talented singer and songwriters out there right now!

And that's coming from a guy who had a huge crush on Margot Timmins back in the day! And it wasn't just for looks either! smiley

Again- one of the best tunes here. And with this supergroup- I can't wait to get more.
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This is great! A great combination of talented artists make this song a hit. The male/female harmonies are beautiful. Letiliti, I'm impressed that this is your first country song. You did a fine job, and you have a beautiful voice. Matt, awesome production again. You're songs are sounding more and more polished and pro. I know you are the lo-fi king, so I don't know if you take that as a compliment, but it is certainly meant as one! smiley
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Righteous!
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wonderful song
and great tune! smiley
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How amazing a trio is this?. . .Super fine work! And its a tribute to you all that you honor the genera of music with authenticity.

T.
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i'm not a country music big fan, but when i hear leti, boss, baboon and thegranz together, i immediately become one! great pleasure to listen to. i love you smiley
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No matter what you are doing you have a good taste and I love your songs. Great collab.
Cheers, rigee
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fantastic tune my friends I love this!!!!! Yeehaaaaw!!!!

-sent from my iPhone
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Thanks you everyone. I'm glad I didn't get the reception Bob Dylan got when he went electric... show's you what an understanding community iComp is. There is a freedom here to go whatever direction the wind takes you. Pretty cool stuff.






(oops... spelling error... my bad!)
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Boss you sang superbly on this...appropo for the tune. Leti...nice blending. Matt, you are a ringmaster.
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I don't know how, but I managed to miss this track.
Interesting how the lyrics imply we're all Hamlet. Or Laertes in a country kind of context. It's probably not so, nor true, but cool all the same.
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Really like the minor fall in the progression! Excellent progression done with aplomb. Fine vox. I nalso like the high-up the scale harp soloing. Good job on a fine song.
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has a neil young feel to the high vocal parts... familiar chord changes. nice work all around!
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LOL Artneuro. I find it very amusing how the comparisons come out to be so different. Here is the total to date on all my songs:
Fleetwodd Mac, Grace Jones, Patsy Cline-ish, Michelle Shocked, (the last two by the same person in one week) Patty Smith (this is probably my fav to date), Ophra Haza, Madonna and now Neil Young. THANKS!!! smiley
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Oh so sweet. Reminds me of the band Hundred Year Flood.... well anything from over at Frogville records. Good work everyone!
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lol thanks
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and how often does that occur...
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Superb collaboration.... it sounds like you are all performing this live together! Great track!
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Nice flavor to this!
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Country songs are not my world BUT this is made so well !
It is good for driving.

Matt, I wait for the second.


> Sven
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woohoo! a Number One Matt!!!

I know one iComper who's going to the CMA's this year, lol!
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Heart-felt, great production--when country isn't crassly commercial, it's drills the soul.
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Great song. A little late in on this one. Pennsylvania I know it well.
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Where else are you going to find this kind of variety? beautiful job!
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Truly a great song done buy all, sorry it takes me so long to preview songs, love this one.
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Good Stuff.
do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again, do it again. woah..horsey!
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OK... I will do it again... pretty soon too!
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Granz (and Boss and Leti), this song is like a comfortable old shoe on the weekend and a well-worn flannel shirt. It's the little things in life.
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Sounds Nashville Skyline- Great work!
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Sweet and sweetly done. Enjoyed.
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another cool song Matt. Great vocals and performance. Very nice harp part in the back.

Thanks

Ed
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At first I thought it was a cover of The Band tune of the same name...
In any case I like it a lot... simple yet catchy country chords.

Excellent guitars!

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Just an awesome country song!!! Some real talent on this one!!
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9 years ago
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I really love this.
And... here's the comparison thang !
Reminds me so much of the "Comes A Time" era of Neil Young with Nicolette Larson
Just a great country tune
thanks

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You know- I love this song till this day- maybe someday bosshook will have the decency to admit I invited him to sing this with me- but I won't hold my breath

I quote "Bob when i got the song from ganz" ? LOL

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I don't know why I'm thinking Eagles and Rosanne Cash....both great in my book... what a gorgeous song.. Congrats to all of you! Fantastic! smiley smiley smiley smiley
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slopartts is right but a great song
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Excellent songwriting on this piece. Beautiful arrangement and well sung. Enjoyed it and thx for the download! Great job.
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Honey sweet... bravo.
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@NorthPoint: Thanks! I just did a re-listening to this and am still very proud of how it turned out.
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